Toledo golfer battles cancer during the coronavirus pandemic

Senior golfer Sara Tumfong maintains a positive attitude as she battles leukemia as the world battles coronavirus.

TOLEDO, Ohio – University of Toledo golfer Sara Tumfong was just beginning her senior season when everything was put on hold.

Diagnosed with leukemia in early March. She may have lost her hair, but she will never lose her positive spirit.

She shows her hospital tapes and IV fluids, as Friday has been with her for a month since she was diagnosed with leukemia. The support she has received from Rocket Nation in such a short space of time has been incredible. A GoFundMe set up for them is approaching $ 20,000.

“Even if I don’t know them, they know me as a Rocket and I’m part of the Rocket family no matter what. They just want to help me as one of their family members, it feels like unconditional love from mom and dad because I go to UT and they want to help me, “said Tumfong.

Fellow Rocket and swim team member Emma Sampson is on a student advisory committee with Sara. When she heard the news, she wanted to help as best she could. So she made her GoFundMe popular.

“I think it’s really special because so many of our lives have been disrupted by COVID-19 while Sara’s life has been disrupted by leukemia. To have so many people who are already in a difficult time themselves are ready to give for the bigger picture, “said Sampson.

Sara’s family is from Thailand. Due to hospital restrictions and quarantine orders, they couldn’t be with her in oncology.

With her golf team, Rocket Nation, family and doctors supporting her, she gets through this.

“There are times when I am really worried about a result because I really feel like a round of chemo could get me out of there, but the doctors are really optimistic.” said Tumfong.

Sara recently got her bone marrow test results back and she is in remission.

If you’d like to donate to help pay your medical bills, visit your GoFundMe account.

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